Pompeii Teacher Resources

The lost city of Pompeii lay at the base of Mount Vesuvius near modern day Naples, Italy. On August 24, AD 79, Pompeii, Stabaiae, Torre Annunziata, and surrounding communities were terrorized by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Pompeii was lost for 1500 years. Its rediscovery provided a detailed window into the Pax Roman era. 

Social studies and World History classes can virtually tour other World Heritage Sites, or use this presentation to introduce volcanoes, and then spend some time learning about volcanoes with an activity modeling an eruption. A volcano unit reinforces learning.

If you want to stay within social studies, there are plenty of lessons, activities, presentations, and worksheets delving into The Culture of Pompeii. Grab learners’ attention with a short deductive reasoning worksheet. Once the class is engaged on the topic, move on to study the city of Pompeii, its people, geography, and culture by beginning with this lesson plan.  (since much of it centers around writing a journal, it works well for both English and social studies).

Take some time to browse through the lessons, activities, videos, interactives, etc. centered around Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius.

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